How Much Does it Cost to Tailor My Shirt, Suit, and Pants?

Once you’ve experienced tailored clothing, it’s hard to go back to clothing that doesn’t fit perfectly. So the question is, once you’ve picked up a suit from SuitUpp, how much do you have to spend in order to get it tailored?

While these costs will always vary from tailor to tailor, you can expect to pay between 10-20% of the suit cost. For example, if your suit cost $500, then you can expect to pay between $50-$75 – for the jacket and pant combination. Shirts will usually cost between $10-$20 to tailor. Now, percentages aren’t a good way of measuring cost. For example, if your suit cost $5,000 dollars, paying $750 for tailoring doesn’t seem reasonable – of course, suits in that price range will usually be pre-tailored so you don’t have to worry about tailoring them after purchase πŸ™‚

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Matching Your Belt and Shoes. How Closely do they have to Match?

Take a look at all of the photoshoots that we’ve done here at SuitUpp… You’ll notice that in all pictures, we’ve made sure that our models’ belts and shoes match. If they didn’t, it would practically be blasphemy. For women, it’s the purse and shoes that need to match… and for men, of course, it’s the belt and shoes:

Now, the question is, how closely do these two items of clothing need to match anyway? The truth is that they do not need to be an exact match. When we say they should match, what we mean is that you shouldn’t wear brown with black or you shouldn’t wear white with brown – i.e. they shouldn’t be obviously mismatched. As a matter of fact, you could even wear brown and black together – assuming that both items of clothing were dark enough to be mostly indistinguishable. So, there you have it… you don’t need to obsess about extreme matches. This should give you some flexibility as to what things you can throw together to portray an interesting look πŸ™‚

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Can I Wear a Suit without a Tie? Should I Wear a Tie?

Recently, we’ve been seeing more and more images in the media showing celebrities and politicians appearing on our television screens without the all too familiar tie. For this reason, we’re going to spend time talking about this newly arising phenomenon to address your questions about how to pull off this look properly.

Let’s Take a look at President Barack O’Bama without a tie:

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Pulling off this look is actually not too difficult. Here are some tips:

1)Make sure your shirt collar is stiff – starching that collar would be a good idea. In other words, your collar should stand up proud without the supporting clutches of a neck-tie.

2) Make sure that the shirt is well-tailored such that it doesn’t hang off your body and doesn’t look like it’s two sizes too big.

3) This one may seem obvious, but under no circumstances should you button up the top-most button of your shirt when you’re not showing off a tie.

4) Confidence… an essential part of any look.

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What Shoes to Wear at a Beach Wedding in Mexico – Wedding Attire.

One of our readers recently emailed us asking: “My son plans on wearing a white cotton poplin suit 2 button suit for his beach wedding in Mexico.Β  While the wedding itself is on the sand and he will be barefoot, the reception will be held at a villa on a hill and will include a seated dinner and dancing.Β  What shoes would you suggest?Β  Must they be lace up dress shoes or are any type of loafer/slip on ok?”

First of all, let us start off by saying… fun, fun, fun! πŸ™‚ Wish we were there! To answer this question simply, as the occasion is formal, lace up shoes are preferable (they always are in formal settings – especially since the reception is indoors). Β We recently wrote a blog post about what shoes to wear for different occasions that touched on this:

For more formal occasions, go for lace-up shoes rather than slip ons. Closed laced shoes are also preferred over open laced shoes.If you’re wondering what the difference is, closed laces are what you call shoes that have a V shape where they get tied together. Open lace shoes have more of a parallel shape where they are tied together.

Remember that when you are wearing dressy shoes, the laces should be tied horizontally as opposed to the criss-cross pattern most commonly associated with athletic shoes.”

Hope this helps! πŸ™‚

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Tie Wearing Contest – Fun at Work with Your Ties

One of our Readers recently emailed us to tell us about a Tie wearing competition that they had at work. Each day, these two individuals would wear a different tie and would post pictures on the internet (http://tieordie.com). The goal was to have individuals rank their ties so that they could determine a winner. Here is a snapshot of the ties that they wore in the process:

We thought this was pretty creative! Good job guys πŸ™‚

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Interpreting the Invitation Card, What to Wear? – Suits, Ties, Cufflinks, etc…

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Occasionally, we get an invitation card in the mail requesting our presence at a formal networking event, a dinner, or even a wedding… When we do, it’s always a struggle to determine exactly what to wear. Wouldn’t it be nice if they just told you explicitly what to wear? Not necessarily… If you think about it, this ability to interpret the invitation card is what separates the truly fashionable from everyone else. After all, we are the SuitUpp guys… we should be able to tell from how to dress. We were having this discussion with the crew this past week and we decided that it would be nice to give our readers a guideline to use so that you too could call yourself a SuitUpp guy… or should we say SuitUpp Gentleman? πŸ™‚

Black Tie: Most people know that when you read these words on the invitation card, it means that you’re going to pull the tux out of the closet or head to the rental store. While it is true that some people still don’t wear a tux when they see these magical words, hopefully, our readers aren’t in that category. After all, we all love the opportunity to show off the tux don’t we?

Black Tie Optional: This basically means that you should really wear a tux but a dark suit will also do. French-cuffed shirts are recommended.

Semi Formal: This means grab your dark suit. If you are looking for an example of a suit that would fall into this category, check out this Sean John Charcoal 3 Piece Suit. A three piece suit generally adds another level of formality to what you are wearing.

Smart Casual /Elegant Casual: Restaurants will typically use this terminology. The point is to give guests some freedom as to what to wear. We recommend wearing a jacket and no tie. A nice dress shirt or even a polo shirt will go with your outfit – no jeans though.

Business Attire: Suit, Dress Shirt, and Tie – no ambiguity here.

Summer Events: White dinner jackets or a Pale Linen Suit is a good idea.

Other Tips:
1) When in doubt wear dark.
2) If possible, call your host and ask what they mean in the invitation if you are not clear – don’t be shy.
3) Never appear disheveled. Shave, Shower, and Comb – Put on a Smile and tout a firm handshake.


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Half Windsor Knot – How to Tie a Tie – Part IV

Since we talked to you about the Windsor Tie Knot last time, we’ll talk to you about a modification of that as well: the Half Windsor Tie Knot! This is how it’s done…

Once you learn this stuff, if you need some new ties to practice on, make sure to check out our Fall 2009 Collection of Ties πŸ™‚

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1) Cross over the thick end of your tie over the thin end.

2) Bring the wide end back underneath the thin end of the tie.

3) Now flip over the wide end through the main loop of the tie such that it ends up behind the thin end.

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4) Now move the wide end to the right side.

5) Flip the wide end through the main loop of the tie again (but don’t bring it down yet).

6) Now carefully pull through the wide end through the knot of the tie, and tighten it from there… and you’re done!

Thanks again to the guys from Harry Rosen’s for providing the images for this post!

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